Looking for a new way to work on sentence structure in speech using what you already have? Build tons of sentences using Popsicle sticks in a fun and low prep way!
Grab some Popsicle sticks and markers and you are ready to go! I was fortunate to have gotten my hands on multicolored Popsicle sticks. But no worries if you do not have! Just grab different colored markers to write on them with!
Designate a different color to represent the different parts of a basic sentence: who, what did they do, where, when, and how! You can prepare ahead of time and write some on the Popsicle sticks OR you can model and have your speech group write it out for you! You can chose to work on all 5 parts to make a nice long sentence, or you can work on a few at a time! For example:
- Who + Did What
- Who + Did What + Where
- Who + Did What + When
- Who + Did What + How
- Who + Did What + Where + When
- Who + Did What + When + How
- Who + Did What + Where + How
- Who + Did What + Where + When + How
So many possibilities!!!! You can decide to then give them a visual aid to start with and then fade it out to create their sentences.
You can put the Popsicle sticks in a pile or bag and have students pull one of each color out to create a sentence. They can then decide was it silly or not. Did it need extra words? You can also just work on appropriate sentences by having all options available and visible. You can have your students then write out their sentence creations on a paper to practice further.
All students can be participating together. One student can select the Popsicle sticks, another can create a sentence, another can read it out loud and determine if it was correct or not, and another can determine if it was silly and correct it. They could also just work together as a team to find all of the sentences that go best together so that all Popsicle sticks are used. So many possibilities to work on social skills at the same time!
Want other sentence structure activities that are fun and won’t require too much prep? Check out my Producing Complete Sentences Printable Book and Producing Descriptive Sentences Printable Book. I also have Transportation Expanding Utterances and Producing Complete Sentences Sorting Cards.
Want more Popsicle ideas?! Click HERE to see my Pick A Stick Describing activity!!! Learn more about my DIY Popsicle stick ideas by viewing my video below from my SLP Blogger Live Periscope broadcast.